The Power Ministry has explained that, the recent erratic power supply being experienced in some parts of the country, is as a result of temporary difficulties caused by the delay in the supply of light crude among others.
The Ministry also cited the non-availability of gas from the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), and the limited amount of electricity generated from the Akosombo dam among others, as reasons for the recent power outages.
“Delay in the supply of light crude as a result of force majeure caused by unprecedented vandalism of major pipelines and five terminals in Nigeria.”
[contextly_sidebar id=”wAbW6VGGLawRGr82kDUNjQMKX2btN44p”]Some parts of the country have been experiencing power outages for sometime now, but the Ministry says it is taking all the necessary measures to “deliver crude in the shortest possible time.”
“The Ministry expects the situation to return to normal very shortly owing to contingency measures adopted to procure adequate quantities of fuel to generate enough power. Additionally, efforts are underway by BOST to secure strategic reserves of fuel to mitigate any future emergencies.”
Subsidy or realignment: Power Ministry clarifies position
Meanwhile, the Ministry in the same statement has sought to realign itself to the President Mahama’s claim that what the Electricity Company of Ghana did recently, was not a subsidy for low level power consumers, but rather a realignment of ECG’s billing system.
The President’s comment at the Eid celebration on Wednesday shocked many and somewhat contradicted both the power Ministry and the ECG, which had earlier announced the subsidy, which was to cost the state some Ghc300,000 million.
The Power Ministry, a day after the President’s comment, has released a statement, also alluding to the President’s claim that the ECG had only realigned its billing system to bring relief to consumers.
By; Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana